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Looking for a school that is flexible and accommodating to your needs? 

All of our programs are for those seeking advanced clinical education in the herbal arts.


About Our Programs

Our Integrative Herbal Online Program is a 600-hour program that provides all the information offered in our intensive program, but condensed and set at an individual pace. There are three tiers in our certification program: Clinical Family Herbalist, Clinical Community Herbalist, and Clinical Herbal Practitioner. While you can choose how far upward you want to advance in our training, everyone (including medical professionals) must start at our Clinical Family Herbalist tier for certification.


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of Herbalism do you practice?
We practice Functional Herbalism in a Client-Centered, comprehensive care model. Functional Herbalism is a form integrating traditional western herbalism with clinical nutrition and functional medicine. It is a systems-based model that honors traditional plant-based care, while recognizing the importance of lifestyle modifications and herbal supplements, alongside functional laboratory testing, to address the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms or disease. Our students are equipped to handle many ailments, acute and chronic. Each case is reviewed in-class by Thomas Easley or Mel Kasting. The creation of your personalized health plan is also supervised.
What types of appointments do you offer?
Due to Covid-19, we are currently only offering telehealth consultations. We use HIPAA compliant zoom meetings or phone calls to keep your personal information safe.
How do I make an appointment?
If you are interested in setting up an appointment with one of our student practitioners, please email us at: clinic@eclecticschoolofherbalmedicine.com

After your email, you will be added to Healthie, our HIPAA compliant online platform, to fill out your intake paperwork. At this time you will also be able to upload any blood work or relevant testing you have gotten in the past 3-6 months into your Healthie account.

We often have a short waiting list, when you complete and submit your forms through Healthie, you will officially be on the waiting list. Mel Kasting, our Clinical Program and Free Clinic Director, will assess your case and assign it to the student practitioner that will best suit your needs. This student will reach out to you through the chat function in Healthie to set up an appointment. Many days and times can be accommodated.

What should I expect during my consultation?
Your initial consultation will last between 1-2 hours. We record each case so that our staff herbalists can observe student-client interactions and so that other students can learn from them. Please email the clinic if you are uncomfortable with being recorded. Your personal information will not be shared. The first session is about information gathering. Students may make initial recommendations, but your health plan will not be presented until the first follow up. Your first follow-up will be scheduled at the end of your initial consultation and is usually one week from that date. During this appointment your herbalists will present your health plan. In addition to your initial consultation and plan presentation, you will receive two follow ups with your practitioner to check in and tweak your health plan.
Why are your intake forms so long?
We are glad that you asked that question! The human body is complex and all of our system work together to keep us healthy. information that may seem inconsequential could be the key we need to getting to the root of your health issues. In addition, we ask folks to fill out a lot of information beforehand so that we can spend more of our time listening! It also allows us to show up at the consultation prepared with ideas and questions. You never have to fill out any section that makes you uncomfortable!
What types of suggestions will I likely find on my health plan?

Plans are unique to client needs, but you might receive suggestions such as:

  • Making changes to your diet
  • Beginning an exercise routine or changing the type of exercise you do
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Change your sleeping habits
  • Making tea or taking herbal supplements 1-4 times a day
What if I don’t like my practitioner or the direction they want to go with my health plan?

Although when signing up for our clinic, you are commiting to our comprehensive care model, that does not mean that you have to continue seeing a practitioner if you aren’t comfortable. If you don’t like your health plan, we suggest that you chat with your practitioner about your concerns. If you are still feeling uncomfortable, email Mel at clinic@ecleticschoolofherbalmedicine.com to set up a meeting.

Are there any costs involved?

The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine free clinic believes that healthcare is a human right, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The initial intake and subsequent follow-ups are free of charge. Your first round of herbal formulas are also included, all you are required to pay is shipping. While we provide the initial herbs for you, any supplements suggested, or blood work requested will be your fiscal responsibility. We have a small budget for these things, if you truly cannot afford them, please email us. Note that we are not currently able to offer this service to most clients. Herbal formula refills average $5 an ounce for tinctures and $3 an ounce for teas. Your practitioner will let you know the cost for specially prepared formulas. You are also responsible for shipping costs.

Our current prices cover our cost for materials, production, and paying our apothecary workers a living wage to create, package, and ship your herbal formulas. If you identify as low income and cannot afford to pay full price for your herbal formulas based on the document included in your intake paperwork, follow the link below to apply for a discounted rate. This will not be available to all clients at all times.

Application for Herbal Subsidy


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